A property hunt is time consuming, often disappointing and will take longer than you think – here are some recommended strategies to help you succeed in your search

Home Hunts consultants say that while some clients approach them at the start of their property hunt, many come after they have spent a fairly long period of time looking and need help.

There are so many different prime property markets in France, from St Tropez to Cannes, Provence, Paris, Bordeaux, the Alps and Lake Leman. This also means that there are hundreds of estate agents and hundreds of websites to check, as each agency deals with a certain, limited territory.

Of course, there are some national estate agencies offering coverage of prime market areas, but they will only ever show the properties they are representing.

  • Search for luxury properties all over France from one website only

This is why the website that Home Hunts offers is different. The Home Hunts team has an agreement with most of the estate agents in France’s prime property hotspots, so your online search across all of France’s prime territories can be carried out at www.home-hunts.com.

This is just the first way that Home Hunts’ resources will save you time and money.

  • Benefit from a buyer’s agent who will act only on your behalf

As a buyer’s agent Home Hunts works solely for you: the buyer. And, because Home Hunts’ help doesn’t stop at the sale, it is in their best interests to find you a property you are delighted with.

Home Hunts will help you to ask all the right questions, meet your criteria and negotiate the best deal possible.

While a buyer’s agent will help you understand and navigate the French property market, there are still things you can do to help optimise your property search.

  • Spend time in the area you want to buy in

You might decide that your search will be property driven, if you’re open to where your French property is going to be located. However, it usually makes sense to narrow down locations based on your criteria to make your search as efficient as possible.

If you want a waterfront property, for example, pick a few coastal locations you think could be good contenders and rent a property there or stay in a hotel to get a feel for the area. Do this is in as many seasons as time will allow – and especially try to get a feel for the area in winter. If you love it when the weather is cool, then it could be an ideal property for year-round holidays.

  • Build a strong short list

This is another area that Home Hunts can help you with. To save you time the team often spend months looking at hundreds of potential properties, doing pre-visits (without you needing to be there) to make sure they deserve to be on the short list.

Home Hunts consultants also know the history of the properties and know the properties for sale “off-market”, which won’t be listed online anywhere. These are impossible to find out about unless you are actively working in the local property markets.

  • Arrange viewings in the same area at the same time

If you don’t live in France, then it can be highly expensive and time consuming to keep travelling across to view properties. The most effective way to keep on top of viewings is to organise them back-to-back for a day, over a weekend or even a week, if you have the time.

By working with Home Hunts you don’t even have to book the viewings yourself. Your Home Hunts consultant will organise the viewings based on your review of the shortlist and according to your schedule. They will also accompany you around every property offering advice and guidance wherever needed.

If you are really up against it time-wise then Home Hunts can organise your travel, too. When one client only had one day to find his dream home in the South of France, Home Hunts chartered a helicopter so he could view all the short-listed properties as efficiently as possible.

If you are looking to buy a prime property in France then visit www.home-hunts.com to look at luxury properties for sale in the most coveted hotspots. To speak to a consultant directly about your criteria, or for more insights about the French property market, call +33 (0)970 44 66 43.

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